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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: May 18, 2017
Nonfarm jobs down 1,500 in April; unemployment rate at 4.9% Connecticut Labor Situation - April 2017 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, May 18, 2017 - Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business payroll survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state lost 1,500 net jobs (-0.1%) in April 2017, to a level of 1,683,200, seasonally adjusted. Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 5,500 jobs (0.3%). March's originally-released job gain of 1,300 was revised down by 700 to a 600 job gain. Connecticut's unemployment rate for April increased by one tenth of a point to 4.9% - five tenths of a point lower than it was a year ago. The number of the state's unemployed residents increased by 1,917, seasonally adjusted, in April while the number of residents employed grew by 8,981. Resident employment estimates include the self-employed and residents working out of state and are determined separately from the nonfarm job estimates above.

“Though April nonfarm job estimates fell by 1,500 we are still well ahead of last year's pace,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “For the fourth month in a row we have seen small increases in the unemployment rate accompanied by larger increases in the labor force. This continues to indicate that workers are entering or rejoining the labor force and many are finding work.”

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)

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Private Sector employment declined by 1,000 (-0.1%, 1,450,000 jobs) in April, but remains up over the year by 9,900 jobs (0.7%). The Government declined again (-500, -0.2%, 233,200) last month and remains down over the year (-4,400, -1.8%). The Government, which includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casinos located on tribal land, remains the largest contributor to job losses in 2017.

Just three of the ten major industry supersectors grew jobs in April 2017 while six declined, and Financial Activities (0,0, 131,200) was unchanged, on a seasonally adjusted basis. The Construction and Mining (2,800, 4.7%, 62,500 jobs) industry supersector led gainers last month. The Construction and Mining supersector now leads in percentage growth over the year (2,500, 4.2%) - tied with Other Services (2,700, 4.2%, 67,400 jobs). This was followed by the Leisure and Hospitality (2,000, 1.3%, 158,000 jobs) which continues to lead in numerical job growth over the year (+5,400, +3.5%). The Other Services (200, 0.3%, 67,400 positions) supersector was the only other to add jobs in April 2017.

The Professional and Business Services supersector (-3,000, -1.4%, 215,700 jobs) was the largest declining industry supersector of the six that lost jobs last month. The entire decline in this sector was attributed to the administrative and support services (-3,000, -3.4%, 85,200) subcomponent. The next largest decline came from the Trade, Transportation & Utilities (-1,400, -0.5%, 297,900 jobs) supersector. The private Education and Health Services (-700, -0.2%, 330,100 jobs) supersector was also lower in April. All of the loss here was from the educational services segment (-1,300, -2.0%, 63,000). Good Friday and possibly some spring vacations at schools during the April survey week may have had an effect here and in local government education. The Manufacturing (-600, -0.4%, 156,000 positions) industry supersector was also lower in job tallies last month. Smaller job losses of 500 in the Government supersector (-500, -0.2%, 233,200) and 300 in the Information (-300, -1.0%, 31,200 jobs) supersector rounded out the month. Government remains the largest job declining major industry supersector in the state (-4,400, -1.9%, OTY) numerically since April 2016, while the Information (-1,000, -3.1%, OTY) supersector leads in the worst percentage job losing industry supersector over the year.

Connecticut has now recovered 74.7% (89,000, about 1,035 jobs per month) of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the Great Recession (3/08-2/10). The job recovery is into its 86th month and the state needs an additional 30,100 jobs to reach an employment expansion. The state's Private Sector employment has recovered at a better pace, recouping 92.7% (103,500, or about 1,203 per month) of the 111,700 private sector jobs lost in that same employment recession. Only 8,200 jobs are needed to be added to have a fully recovered private sector. The Government supersector has lost a total of 21,900 positions since the recession started in March 2008. This includes an additional 14,500 jobs lost since the state's overall nonfarm employment recovery began in February 2010.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Apr 2017 Apr 2016 Change Rate % Apr 2017 Mar 2017 Change Rate % Feb 2017 Jan 2017 Dec 2016
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,683,200 1,677,700 5,500 0.3% 1,683,200 1,684,700 -1,500 -0.1% 1,684,100 1,684,000 1,677,500
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,450,000 1,440,000 10,000 0.7% 1,450,000 1,451,000 -1,000 -0.1% 1,450,500 1,450,300 1,443,600
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 61,900 59,400 2,500 4.2% 61,900 59,100 2,800 4.7% 59,300 58,000 58,000
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 156,000 156,200 -200 -0.1% 156,000 156,600 -600 -0.4% 155,700 156,100 156,200
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 297,900 298,700 -800 -0.3% 297,900 299,300 -1,400 -0.5% 300,600 302,400 298,100
go to Information sector data table Information 31,200 32,200 -1,000 -3.1% 31,200 31,500 -300 -1.0% 31,200 31,500 31,900
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 131,200 130,200 1,000 0.8% 131,200 131,200 0 0.0% 131,100 131,600 130,200
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 215,700 217,900 -2,200 -1.0% 215,700 218,700 -3,000 -1.4% 218,600 217,400 216,400
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 330,100 327,600 2,500 0.8% 330,100 330,800 -700 -0.2% 331,800 327,900 331,300
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 158,000 152,600 5,400 3.5% 158,000 156,000 2,000 1.3% 155,600 158,400 155,300
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 67,400 64,700 2,700 4.2% 67,400 67,200 200 0.3% 66,000 66,400 65,600
go to Government sector data table Government 233,200 237,600 -4,400 -1.9% 233,200 233,700 -500 -0.2% 233,600 233,700 233,900
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 146,063,000 143,826,000 2,237,000 1.6% 146,063,000 145,852,000 211,000 0.1% 145,773,000 145,541,000 145,325,000

Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Please note: The Bureau of Labor Statistics has added Waterbury and Danbury back to the list of labor market areas with seasonally adjusted data. For April 2017, three regional Labor Market Areas (LMAs) were up, and three were down in seasonally adjusted employment. The New Haven LMA (900, 0.3%, 281,900 positions) led all regional LMAs in job growth last month, while the Danbury LMA(600, 0.8%, 79,900) was also higher and the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (200, 0.1%, 408,500 jobs) was slightly up as well. The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (-1,000, -0.2%, 572,900) and the Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (-800, -0.6%, 129,300) were lower in April as was the Waterbury LMA (-200, -0.3%, 66,800). The Danbury LMA (1,300, 1.7%, OTY) is now the fastest growing LMA in percentage terms while the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (5,200, 0.9% OTY) leads in magnitude since April 2016.

Note: Six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated independently from the statewide data by the BLS and cover more than 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state. Thus, estimates will not fully sum to the statewide total.

Hours and Earnings: The Private Sector, workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.7 hours in April 2017, up three-tenths of an hour from the same month a year ago (33.4). Average hourly earnings at $31.84, not seasonally adjusted, were up $1.32, or 4.3%, from the April 2016 estimate ($30.52). The resultant average Private Sector weekly pay amounted to $1,073.01, up $53.64, or 5.3% higher than a year ago.

   AVG WEEKLY EARNINGS    AVG WEEKLY HOURS   AVG HOURLY EARNINGS
Apr CHG Mar           Apr CHG Mar               Apr CHG Mar
(Not seasonally adjusted) 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017
PRODUCTION WORKER                      
MANUFACTURING $986.10 $1,156.44 -$170.34 $991.03 40.9 41.9 -1.0 40.8 $24.11 $27.60 -$3.49 $24.29
 DURABLE GOODS 1,023.20 1,216.63 -193.43 1,023.41 41.9 42.2 -0.3 41.4 24.42 28.83 -4.41 24.72
 NON-DUR. GOODS 850.39 928.84 -78.45 882.25 37.2 40.9 -3.7 38.9 22.86 22.71 0.15 22.68
CONSTRUCTION 1,133.54 1,102.25 31.29 1,036.79 38.0 37.8 0.2 35.9 29.83 29.16 0.67 28.88
                   
ALL EMPLOYEES                        
STATEWIDE                  
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,073.01 1,019.37 53.64 1,032.73 33.7 33.4 0.3 32.9 31.84 30.52 1.32 31.39
GOODS PRODUCING 1,221.04 1,266.43 -45.39 1,194.96 38.8 39.7 -0.9 38.3 31.47 31.90 -0.43 31.20
   Construction 1,192.21 1,185.02 7.19 1,154.48 37.8 38.4 -0.6 36.1 31.54 30.86 0.68 31.98
   Manufacturing 1,230.03 1,311.72 -81.69 1,213.52 39.5 40.8 -1.3 39.4 31.14 32.15 -1.01 30.80
SERVICE PROVIDING 1,046.98 976.11 70.87 1,005.76 32.8 32.3 0.5 32.0 31.92 30.22 1.70 31.43
   Trade, Transp., Utilities 885.17 883.13 2.03 851.99 32.4 32.6 -0.2 31.3 27.32 27.09 0.23 27.22
   Financial Activities 1,879.46 1,706.19 173.27 1,723.17 37.9 37.4 0.5 36.5 49.59 45.62 3.97 47.21
   Prof. & Business Serv. 1,286.88 1,212.08 74.80 1,253.90 35.5 34.9 0.6 34.6 36.25 34.73 1.52 36.24
   Education & Health Ser. 933.16 862.87 70.28 914.25 32.2 31.4 0.8 31.9 28.98 27.48 1.50 28.66
   Leisure & Hospitality 437.97 444.02 -6.05 419.76 24.8 26.7 -1.9 24.0 17.66 16.63 1.03 17.49
   Other Services 799.41 711.52 87.89 790.28 31.9 31.4 0.5 31.7 25.06 22.66 2.40 24.93
LABOR MARKET AREAS: TOTAL PRIVATE              
   Bridgeport-Stamford 1,190.78 1,158.84 31.94 1,137.41 33.6 33.3 0.3 32.6 35.44 34.80 0.64 34.89
   Danbury 1,005.89 975.93 29.96 1,006.36 33.8 34.4 -0.6 32.6 29.76 28.37 1.39 30.87
   Hartford 1,092.76 1,061.93 30.83 1,054.61 34.0 34.3 -0.3 33.3 32.14 30.96 1.18 31.67
   New Haven 1,033.39 953.94 79.45 992.00 32.9 33.1 -0.2 32.0 31.41 28.82 2.59 31.00
   Norwich-New London 842.60 785.56 57.04 817.74 31.3 32.8 -1.5 31.5 26.92 23.95 2.97 25.96
   Waterbury 836.53 788.83 47.70 841.50 34.2 33.2 1.0 34.0 24.46 23.76 0.70 24.75

The 12-month percent change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in April 2017 was 2.2%. Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the “Hours and Earnings” data category. Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.
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 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed
Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a statistical model applying the CPS – the Current Population Survey residential data), the number of Connecticut unemployed residents, seasonally adjusted, increased by 2,000 (2.1%) over the month to 93,700 in April. Over the year, the number of the state's jobless residents has decreased by 8,300 (-8.1%). The state's labor force increased a strong 10,900 (0.6%) over the month, and continues to expand over the year (30,400, 1.6%). All the increases in the state's unemployment rate since January of this year have occurred on an increasing labor force. Both residential employment and unemployment have increased. This indicates that we are seeing new and returning workers to the labor force and most are finding work.

April 2017 seasonally adjusted average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut decreased by 1,208 claimants (-25.8%) to 3,483 from March 2017, and were lower by 355 claims (-9.2%) from the April 2016 level of 3,838.

Month  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Jan   1,919.9 1,742.8 177.1 1,904.7 1,748.2 156.5 1,863.5 1,713.3 150.2 1,871.4 1,739.1 132.2 1,898.9 1,783.4 115.5 1,890.3 1,786.5 103.9 1,892.2 1,807.2 85.0
Feb   1,919.4 1,742.9 176.5 1,902.1 1,746.0 156.1 1,861.5 1,712.9 148.6 1,874.0 1,743.6 130.4 1,898.7 1,785.1 113.6 1,891.2 1,787.6 103.5 1,901.4 1,812.0 89.4
Mar   1,918.0 1,742.7 175.3 1,899.2 1,742.5 156.7 1,860.9 1,713.6 147.4 1,876.5 1,748.0 128.5 1,897.4 1,786.2 111.3 1,891.7 1,788.8 102.9 1,911.7 1,819.9 91.7
Apr   1,915.9 1,742.3 173.6 1,895.7 1,737.9 157.8 1,861.9 1,715.5 146.4 1,878.9 1,752.2 126.7 1,895.2 1,786.4 108.8 1,892.2 1,790.2 102.0 1,922.6 1,828.9 93.7
May   1,913.7 1,742.0 171.6 1,892.0 1,732.8 159.2 1,863.8 1,718.2 145.6 1,881.1 1,756.3 124.8 1,892.4 1,786.1 106.3 1,892.5 1,791.8 100.6
Jun   1,911.8 1,742.3 169.4 1,888.1 1,727.9 160.2 1,865.7 1,720.9 144.7 1,883.4 1,760.3 123.2 1,889.5 1,785.3 104.2 1,892.5 1,793.8 98.8
Jul   1,910.5 1,743.3 167.2 1,884.3 1,723.8 160.6 1,866.8 1,723.2 143.6 1,886.0 1,764.1 121.9 1,887.2 1,784.5 102.8 1,892.1 1,795.9 96.2
Aug   1,909.8 1,744.9 164.9 1,880.8 1,720.8 160.0 1,867.2 1,725.1 142.1 1,888.8 1,767.8 121.0 1,885.9 1,783.7 102.2 1,891.3 1,798.2 93.1
Sep   1,909.3 1,746.5 162.8 1,877.4 1,718.8 158.6 1,867.0 1,726.8 140.2 1,891.6 1,771.4 120.2 1,885.6 1,783.3 102.3 1,890.1 1,800.2 89.9
Oct   1,908.7 1,747.9 160.8 1,874.0 1,717.3 156.6 1,867.0 1,728.9 138.1 1,894.4 1,775.0 119.4 1,886.3 1,783.4 102.9 1,888.8 1,801.9 86.9
Nov   1,907.7 1,748.7 159.0 1,870.3 1,715.9 154.4 1,867.6 1,731.5 136.1 1,896.6 1,778.3 118.4 1,887.7 1,784.2 103.5 1,887.5 1,803.2 84.3
Dec   1,906.2 1,748.6 157.6 1,866.7 1,714.5 152.2 1,869.1 1,735.0 134.1 1,898.2 1,781.1 117.1 1,889.2 1,785.3 103.9 1,886.2 1,804.1 82.1
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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The April 2017 unemployment rate for Connecticut was estimated at 4.9% (seasonally adjusted), up one-tenth of a percentage point from March 2017 (4.8%) and down five-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago when it was 5.4%. The U.S. jobless rate in April 2017 was 4.4%.
Month 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons
Jan  7.0 7.8 0.8 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.1 -0.1 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.1 8.0 -0.1 7.1 6.6 -0.5 6.1 5.7 -0.4 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.5 4.8 0.3
Feb  7.2 8.3 1.1 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.0 7.7 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.0 5.5 -0.5 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.7 4.7 0.0
Mar  7.5 8.7 1.2 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.2 8.2 0.0 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.9 6.7 -0.2 5.9 5.4 -0.5 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.8 4.5 -0.3
Apr  7.7 9.0 1.3 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.6 -0.3 6.7 6.2 -0.5 5.7 5.4 -0.3 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.9 4.4 -0.5
May  7.9 9.4 1.5 9.1 9.6 0.5 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.6 6.3 -0.3 5.6 5.5 -0.1 5.3 4.7 -0.6
Jun  8.1 9.5 1.4 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.9 9.1 0.2 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.5 6.1 -0.4 5.5 5.3 -0.2 5.2 4.9 -0.3
Jul  8.2 9.5 1.3 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.3 -0.4 6.5 6.2 -0.3 5.4 5.2 -0.2 5.1 4.9 -0.2
Aug  8.4 9.6 1.2 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.6 9.0 0.4 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.6 7.3 -0.3 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.4 5.1 -0.3 4.9 4.9 0.0
Sep  8.5 9.8 1.3 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.5 9.0 0.5 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.5 7.2 -0.3 6.4 5.9 -0.5 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.8 4.9 0.1
Oct  8.6 10.0 1.4 9.2 9.4 0.2 8.4 8.8 0.4 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.7 -0.6 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.6 4.8 0.2
Nov  8.8 9.9 1.1 9.2 9.8 0.6 8.3 8.6 0.3 8.3 7.7 -0.6 7.3 6.9 -0.4 6.2 5.8 -0.4 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.5 4.6 0.1
Dec  8.9 9.9 1.0 9.2 9.3 0.1 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.2 7.9 -0.3 7.2 6.7 -0.5 6.2 5.6 -0.6 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.4 4.7 0.3

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate and labor force estimates are based on a household survey, and measure the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected.Job and employment estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month's value.

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